Courts and sentencing research on contemporary China

  • Hong Lu
  • Bridget Kelly


As a leading player in the international community and the projected economic powerhouse in the twenty-first century, China's significance in the international community has been recognized around the world. The construction of its legal system, particularly the criminal justice system, has also received increasing global attention. As the cornerstone of the criminal justice system, the courts and sentencing laws and practices underlie many of the fundamental ideas of a fair and just legal system. This article reviews research on courts and sentencing in contemporary China published after 1990, focusing on the following three areas: (1) research on law and legal reforms with regard to courts and sentencing; (2) research on the determinants of criminal sentencing; and (3) research on capital punishment.


Death Penalty Criminal Procedure Defense Attorney Death Sentence Legal Reform 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Criminal JusticeUniversity of Nevada, Las VegasLas VegasUSA

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